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Knit Step by Step Paperback – July 16, 2012

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About the Author

Vikki Haffenden is a professional knitted textiles designer and university teacher with a background in commercial knitwear design. Frederica Patmore is a design consultant for Rowan Yarns, one of the biggest providers of luxury yarns in the world. As well as being a master of knitting technique, Frederica is an accomplished and successful knitting pattern designer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Reprint edition (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756692717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756692711
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book doesn't know what it wants to be. It thinks it's a beginner's book, it also thinks it's a reference book, and it contains some "patterns" (which I'll talk about later).

But it doesn't do any of those things well.

For a beginner's book, it contains too much information that beginners never need. It teaches you knit, and purl, and cast-ons, and then proceeds to teach you tons and tons of different cast-ons before it goes into cast-offs. It doesn't teach you a general progression of skills. For a beginner, it's downright overwhelming.

Yet for a reference book, all the techniques are quickly rushed over and never explained very well. In fact, I know how to do quite a few of the cast-ons and various other techniques, but I could not make sense of it in this book. The diagrams are utterly confusing.

As for patterns, the samples are knit in rather unattractive, ugly colors. The choice of construction is strange. The hat was done flat and then seamed, which is weird and unnecessary (it's not intarsia or anything), especially as the book teaches (or quickly rushes over) knitting in the round.

I bought this book when I was just learning to knit, and I wish I had not. For each of those things, there are tons of other books out there that specialize in those categories and do them exceedingly well. Don't waste your money.

I have a lot of knitting books, and I would recommend Stitch 'n Bitch Knitter's Handbook for a real beginner, and after that, either Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting, or Kate Atherley's Beyond Knit and Purl. All of those books take you through a natural progression of techniques.
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Who knew there were so many ways to cast on.
Would recommend the book to anyone - beginner or advanced.
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Excellent book, for quick go to for a problem. I recommend it to all my kntter group. I reference the book often.
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Excellent especially for a beginner.
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By Pepper on January 23, 2013
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For a beginner, I found the book a bit overwhelming. The illustrations are excellent and easy to follow. Perhaps as one gets more proficient the book could be more useful
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